Chiefs, Raiders ready to tangle again

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Benjamin Logan used a second-half rally to stun Bellefontaine on its home field last year. The Chiefs will try to turn the tables when the two teams meet again tomorrow night.

The Raiders host Bellefontaine at 7 p.m. Friday in the latest installment of their Logan County rivalry.

“It is very important any time you are in a rivalry game that you maintain your emotions,” said Bellefontaine head coach Toby Smith. “We have to keep our focus and go out and do the things we are capable of doing.”

A year ago, Bellefontaine jumped out to a 21-6 lead over the Raiders at halftime. However, the Raiders rattled off 22 unanswered points in the second half to steal a 28-21 victory.

The Raiders went on to finish the regular season 9-1, while the Chiefs finished 6-4.

Bellefontaine enters this year’s matchup as the team with surging momentum. The Chiefs are off to a 3-1 start, including a 63-7 pasting of Graham last Friday.

Sparked by standout senior quarterback Dezmin Lyburtus, the Chiefs are averaging 414 yards and a Central Buckeye Conference-best 36 points per game.

“Clearly (Bellefontaine) is fast in the skilled aspect of football, and when a play breaks down for them offensively their ability to turn it into something is a special part of their game,” said Ben Logan head coach Jeff Fay.

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